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The Queen's Nectarine Machine - The Mystical Powers Of Roving Tarot Gamble (1969)


From New Jersey, their album (ABC ABCS 666 / 1969) was a "Super K" production by Kasenetz-Katz, with a psychedelic side and a bubblegum side. Among its better tracks are 4th Dimension and Seance, and overall it's worth hearing. One of the tracks, The Seance started when Jeff Katz came into the studio whilst the engineer was trying to get a volume and EQ level. As usual, the band were goofin-off - playing dissonant jibberish to irritate and annoy the engineer, but Jeff thought that THAT SOUND was' just what he was looking for ' to finish the album... One track from the album, Mysterious Martha has been compiled on Psychosis From The 13th Dimension. (taken from "Fuzz, Acid & Flowers")


Jimmie Jersie - Vocals
Joe Ribaudo - Guitars
Guy Rigano - Drums
Drew Troeder - Bass

Jimmie Jersie was a member of the Queen's Nectarine Machine, who recorded the 1968 psychedelic album The Mystical Powers of Roving Tarot Gamble. The Queen's Nectarine Machine were based in Garfield, New Jersey, and released only the one album during their run.

I was fortunate enough to get a copy of it from singer Jimmie Jersie, but it is otherwise extremely difficult to find. One track from the LP, "Mysterious Martha Garoo," has appeared on Psychcosis from the Thirteenth Dimension. According to Jimmie, the trippy band name and the occult theme of the LP were the idea of their production company, Super K. The band was much more of a rock & roll band, influenced more by the Rascals, Rolling Stones and the Beatles. Still, this album is a prime example of late-1960s psych—as is the band's appearance.

Jimmie, who identified himself as "the wierdo in the flowered pants," did his part in establishing the band's look. The flowered pants? Imported from Italy. In fact, all of the shirts that the band members are wearing are Jimmie's.

Jimmie was also for a time a member of the Del-Aires, a band with a career as interesting as the Queen's Nectarine Machine. The Del-Aires appeared in the movie The Horror of Party Beach, which aired on Mystery Science Theater 3000. The website Bad Movie Planet called the Del-Aires "The Greatest B-Movie Band Ever?" The Del-Aires also were playing in the Angel Lounge in Lodi, New Jersey, on the night of the infamous killings that left two police officers dead, chronicled in David Stout's book Night of the Devil. (source)

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